Environment

Net fishing on Lake Malawi

Net fishing on Lake Malawi

Students attending an aquaculture class

Students attending an aquaculture class

Young girls who are not at school

Young girls who are not at school

Gloness' Briquette Centre

Gloness' Briquette Centre

Collected, separated and decomposing fibres for paper-making

Collected, separated and decomposing fibres for paper-making

Planting tree seedlings

Planting tree seedlings

Challenges:
Over-fishing and deforestation/wood poaching of indigenous tree species within Lake Malawi National Park (LMNP).

HEEED solutions:

  • Over-fishing: evaluate the effectiveness of 100m. no-fishing zone in the waters of LMNP and in front of the villages of Nankumba Peninsula.
  • Aquaculture: fish-ponds are alternative method to provide fish/protein in rural communities, while allowing native species in the wild to recover.
  • Deforestation in Lake Malawi National Park
  • Fuel briquettes made from organic waste: a tried and tested alternative to wood fuel.
  • Mud-stoves: inexpensive, fuel-efficient alternative (using 50% mud and 50% vetiver grass) that uses only 1/3 of wood fuel, is well adapted to fuel briquettes – compared to traditional and wasteful 3-stone open fire.
  • Environmental education: use of fuel briquettes in cooking demonstrations, collection of different organic fibres for paper-making, after-dark environmental education video shows and pamphlets.
  • Tree-planting: tree-seedling nurseries of indigenous species and fruit trees for school yards/domestic use.